Nothing much is known about Thomas Howard. I’m not even completely sure he was the father of my 3rd great-grandfather, John Howard, but Frances Yeager Dunham makes the case that he was in her book Howards in Southeastern Kentucky.
According to Dunham, several of Thomas Howard’s children came to southeastern Kentucky in the very early 1800s (maybe from Georgia by way of Russell County, Virginia) with Thomas’ brother, James. She identifies Thomas, James, John, Benjamin, Julida, Elizabeth, William and Celia Howard as the children of Thomas Howard and includes Moses as a possibility with the notation that he may be the son of the younger Thomas.
|John Covey Howard, son of John & Mary|
Dunham’s book is also my main source for the children of Thomas’ son, John Howard, and his wife, Mary Risner — Larkin, Elizabeth, John Covey (my 2nd great-grandfather), Michael, William R. Mary, Sarah, Catherine, Phoebe and Robert.
DNA results are solidifying some of those relationships, too. Mom and I match a descendant of Larkin and Mom matches two descendants of William R. We have several other matches showing Howard as a surname and I expect some of those will turn out to belong in this line as well.